As you read about successful interviewing, you will first learn the elements of the Comprehensive Health History. For adults, the comprehensive history includes Identifying Data and Source of the History, Chief Complaint(s), Present Illness, Past History, Family History, Personal and Social History, and Review of Systems. As you talk with the patient, you must learn to elicit and organize all of these elements of the patient's health. Bear in mind that during the interview this information will not spring forth in this order! However, you will quickly learn to identify where to fit in the different aspects of the patient's story.
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